Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various diving ducks of the widely distributed genera Aythya and Netta, especially A. ferina, which has gray and black plumage and a reddish head.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A duck, Fuligula or Æthyia ferina, belonging to the family Anatidæ and subfamily Fuligulinæ more fully called the red-headed or red-eyed pochard, also dunbird.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) See poachard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of various ducks in the genera Aythya and Netta.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun heavy-bodied Old World diving duck having a grey-and-black body and reddish head

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

Examples

  • Confirming the presence or absence of any of these animals, particularly the pochard, is difficult however as ‘the marsh is so extensive and difficult to travel in that the duck could easily go undetected inside it’ (Young & Smith 1989, p. 23).

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • Confirming the presence or absence of any of these animals, particularly the pochard, is difficult however as ‘the marsh is so extensive and difficult to travel in that the duck could easily go undetected inside it’ (Young & Smith 1989, p. 23).

    The Madagascar pochard returns

  • WWT Washington Wetland Centre's aviculture warden Owen Joiner flew to Africa last month on an emergency mission to save the pochard, which is the world's rarest duck.

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  • Important breeding wetland species include marbled teal Marmaronetta angustirostris (VU,35), white-headed duck Oxyura leucocephala (EN,400, which nest mainly in artificial ponds in surrounding areas), white-eyed pochard Aythya niroca (VU), purple gallinule Porphyrio porphyrio and crested coot Fulica cristata.

    Doñana National Park, Spain

  • Nine of the critically endangered species targeted by the grants are reptiles, including the Siamese crocodile, Antiguan racer, and river terrapin; seven are birds, including the Siberian crane, Polynesian ground-dove, and Madagascar pochard; and five are mammals, including the giant sable and the duiker, in addition to the Ethiopian wolf.

    Salazar Announces Nearly $650 Thousand in Grants to Conserve Critically Endangered Wildlife Around the Globe

  • I think that the latter point is significant here, as the posts on eagle owls, phorusrhacids, the Madagascar pochard, and the 10 bird meme were not spin-offs of my own ideas, but were instead initiated by the writings of others.

    Happy first birthday Tetrapod Zoology (part II)

  • I think that the latter point is significant here, as the posts on eagle owls, phorusrhacids, the Madagascar pochard, and the 10 bird meme were not spin-offs of my own ideas, but were instead initiated by the writings of others.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • Other notable species include South American pochard Netta erythrophthalma and golden-plumed conure Leptosittaca branickii (VU).

    Rio Abiseo National Park, Peru

  • High records for common pochard and greylag goose Anser anser (3,200: 18,000 in the 1970s) show that Ichkeul is their most important wintering site in northwest Africa. 600 (4% of known world population) of the threatened white-headed duck Oxyura leucocephala, were seen in 1977.

    Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia

  • The most numerous species are wigeon Anas penelope (39,000: 112,000 in the1970s), common pochard Aythya ferina (120,000 in 1971) and coot Fulica atra (36,000: 188,000 in 1973).

    Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia

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